Welcome back to the series, How to setup VMware vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation.
This is the second part of the guide, in which we will setting up the network design of the VMWare vSphere Lab. In the first part, we dealt with the prerequisites that are required to build the VMWare vSphere Lab efficiently.
In this part you will be able to learn – step by steps to setup all the networks necessary to activate and run the different VMware vSphere enterprise class features (vMotion, FT, HA…)
First you need to fire up the Virtual Network Editor which is bundled with the VMWare Workstation software. Be sure to Run as Administrator.
After starting the Virtual Network Editor, the default networks are present there. You can also make a note of the various networks that we will adding somewhere so that it is not confusing.
So let’s add some networks. Click the ADD Network button and Add VMnet2 as a network. Setup the options as on the screenshot below.
Similarly go ahead and create 5 more such networks and your final setup should look like below. Be sure to uncheck the two options that I have highlighted below.
The network design that we are building is shown below.
|VMWare Workstation Network Design|
There are different possibilities to build the network for the ESXi hosts, we will using 6 NIC’s.
Note: The limitation with VMWare Workstation is that you can have only 10 NIC’s.
Once the network adapters are created, we need to add them to the ESXi hosts. You can check how to install nested ESXi hosts before you perform this step.
Go and select the ESXi host where you want to add more NICs > Edit Virtual Machine settings.
Configure 6 NICs for that VM. Add one by one those virtual NIC cards to the nested ESXi host. Those virtual NIC cards configured here will appear as seen below.
Do that for both ESXi hosts. Then you can boot them up. In the coming chapters we will create and install vCenter VM, create cluster and add both hosts into that cluster. Only then we can finalize the network configuration for those nested ESXi hosts.
The final network settings on each host will be as seen below.
|Nested ESXi Properties|
|Network Adapter||Management Network||vmnic0|
|Network Adapter 2||vMotion Network||vmnic1|
|Network Adapter 3||Storage Network (iSCI)||vmnic2|
|Network Adapter 4||Storage Network (iSCI)||vmnic3|
|Network Adapter 5||Fault Tolerance Network||vmnic4|
|Network Adapter 6||VM Network||vmnic5|
This is the second part of the VMWare vSphere Lab using VMWare Workstation. Links to the rest of the articles can be found below.
- What do you need to build VMWare vSphere Lab?
- The network design of VMWare vSphere lab in VMware Workstation.
- Preparing Windows Templates for VMWare vSphere Lab
- How to create the Domain Controller Virtual Machine
- Installing of Nested ESXi hosts in our VMware vSphere Lab
- Installing the vCenter Virtual Machine for VMWare vSphere Lab
- Designing the Shared Storage for VMWare vSphere Lab